At the Berlin Conference in 1885, Europe divided up the African continent.
The Congo became the property of Belgium’s King Leopold II.
On 30 June 1960, a nationalist of 36, Patrice Lumumba,
Became the first prime minister of a new independent state.
He would last 2 months in office.
This is a true story.
This breathtaking film is just as impressive in its artistic attributes, including the use of flashbacks, voiceovers, archival photos, nostalgic realism, and other striking filmmaking techniques as it is historically important in reconstructing the truth behind what the "official stories" many filmmakers in the African diaspora worked to reclaim. A revolutionary figure whose ultimate goal was to work towards post-colonial independence and became the first democratically elected Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Unified, not divided by tribal rivalries or the influence of the major colonial forces still pulling strings behind the scenes.
"Why does the United States so often back the reactionary side in international disputes? Why do we fight against liberation movements, and in favor of puppets who make things comfy for multinational corporations? Having built a great democracy, why are we fearful of democracy elsewhere? Such thoughts occurred as I watched "Lumumba," the story of how the United States conspired to bring about the death of the Congo's democratically elected Patrice Lumumba--and to sponsor in his place Joseph Mobotu, a dictator, murderer and thief who continued for nearly four decades to enjoy American sponsorship." -RobertEgbert.com
If you would like to learn more about this true story of Patrice Lumumba, the CIA, and what has been called the "most important assassination of the 20th century" this New York Times article is an excellent read: "The C.I.A. and Lumumba."